Every living person has a story to tell. Some are harder to hear but if you listen long enough, they will whisper every painful and joyful detail of their life. As I listen to these stories I can’t help but bring them to the surface and help make them heard.
Trevor Jenkins (The Rubbish Warrior) | 49
Christian | innovative | problem solver | creative | book lover | studying community development
“I believe in going deep into peoples lives and pulling out the goodness, there’s something you can really build on there. Everybody is searching for something.”
I spent an evening walking the city with Trevor learning about his life, listening to his heart and discovering why he lives the way he does. He is an artist. He believes “art is an expression that comes from the heart” and his pieces around town our his expressions. I learnt so much from a complete stranger about life, about love and about community. Real conversations with real people, I haven’t felt so alive in so long.
Jason Blood (Community Santa) | 39
Laid back | easy going | disability pensioner
For 14 years Jason has been the local Santa. He sits outside his house of lights waving and wishing people a Merry Christmas. Darwin has been his home for only 2 years but previous to this he was in Victoria. When I asked why he did it he replied “I do it for the kids, for the look on their faces.” Take into account this huge act of love, combined with Darwin’s heat, it’s not an easy task. All he is doing is trying to make peoples lives a little better. He is trying to contribute whatever he can to the general community. For this I say thank you and God bless.
Geoff Banks | “Old”
Retired | jack of all trades | salsa dance beginner | solo yacht traveller
I met Geoff on a Darwin beach. I was with my family taking a photo of the view and he politely stepped behind me as to not get in my shot. This in itself, I appreciated, said thank you and carried on. I continued to walk and so did he, except there was something different about him, he was just so elevated, so happy, and he sounded of music. He drew me in and I decided he was my next subject. I walked over to him, explained my project and asked if he would consider being apart of it. Thankfully he accepted and we had a great chat about life, the sea, Darwin and Perth.
Geoff lives in Perth but sailed his yacht to be here for the wet season (not sure why!), he is learning to salsa dance, (even invited me to come along to a class!) and this is why he carries around his music player. The salsa beat is a difficult one to master but it is so beautiful and I couldn’t help but to drag the conversation out to listen to it as long as possible!
I generally ask my subjects if there is anything they want to share about their life or about them personally, Geoff simply replied “the world is still interesting.” Such simple words but it leaves much to the imagination.
A spontaneous trip to the beach turned out to be a great little adventure. Never underestimate where life can lead, the people you will bump into and the unexpected gifts placed in your hands.
Megan Warry | 32
Grants Manager | stubborn | rigid | certain | assured | determined | broken | anxious | lost | awkward